MSU Formula Racing Team Places Sixth in Competition

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July 13, 2012

The MSU Formula SAE team placed sixth overall in the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) 2012 FSAE-West competition, held for the first time in Nebraska at the Lincoln Airpark, June 20-23. A field of 73 teams from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil competed.

Formula SAE teams develop small Formula-style racecars and engage in competitions designed to evaluate the potential for production of their machines. Each student team designs, builds, and tests a prototype racecar based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.

Highlights of the MSU team’s performance at the June competition include:
▪ 6th overall
▪ 2nd in the acceleration event
▪ 4th in design
▪ 13th in the endurance event (one of only 24 teams to finish the event)
▪ Finished all static and dynamic events

For detailed results, visit

Gary Cloud, team adviser and University Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering, was especially proud of the team’s work ethic. “We were up against some very tough teams, most of which fielded far more participants. MSU is one of the minority of schools at which FSAE is strictly a student volunteer organization (no credit) and at which the car is entirely student-designed and student-built,” he says. “The team this year has been outstanding in intelligence, design ability, teamwork, professional attitude and deportment, dedication, leadership, and overall classiness. They have been top-notch ambassadors for MSU and the College of Engineering.”

Team members competing in Nebraska were: Brady Thom, project manager; Chris Archambo, chief engineer; David Caples, powertrain leader; Matt Bach, cooling/fluids leader; Kammi England, powertrain member; Ben Bosworth, chassis leader; Shiva Ramasami, suspension leader; Jason Thelen, wheel assembly leader; and Sylvia Reiser, brakes leader.

Eight of these nine team members will be returning to the team for the 2012-2013 season. The vehicle design is already underway.

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough for giving us the opportunity to experience what we did in Lincoln,” says Caples. “Not only did we learn many technical and life skills that will help us in our careers, but we built memories and friendships that will last for our entire lives.”

MSU has been competing in the Formula SAE since the 1980s.

View complete results of all Formula SAE competitions